Time has gone in a flash for Tina Smith since joining Ambience… in October 2018 she celebrates being a part of the team for one year.
"The year has flown! When I started my business, I was busy for the first six months going out to visit venues and introduce myself and talk about what Ambience can offer. It felt quite daunting at first and some venues were harder to approach than others, but as my confidence grew I found it easier.
Now I understand how important it was to do the ground work, as I am seeing the benefits of building relationships with events coordinators and their venues."
"The first wedding I styled was a ceremony dressing and I did feel a little anxious the previous day, making sure everything was ready. But when I arrived at the venue I was fine, and I really enjoyed it. It was quite a simple set -up but I wanted everything to look perfect for the bride, the venue and for me. I had a short email from the bride a week later to say she loved the room and to thank me, although only a few lines it meant so much to know that she was happy with my work.
There have been lots of lessons learned over the past year, but one very important one is getting to know other suppliers. It has really helped me, as the networking is crucial and with getting to know them comes recommendation and this is the key. I have worked alongside several new businesses that understand the challenges you face when starting out. Also, many well established ones who have given me so much advice.
In three years, I hope my reputation as a stylist and a reliable friendly business has brought me lots of work and I am in the position to employ someone to help me grow further."
"My dream wedding venue would be one with lots of character and history and that can adapt to different looks. Suffolk has some amazing buildings, some of which I have taken bookings for and now can’t wait to style."
Ambience welcomed Adele in November 2018 even though she didn’t start running the Glasgow territory until January 2019.
Amy Bramley takes over Ambience in Harrogate. Amy joined Ambience as a venue stylist in November 2018.
Emma and Adam from Ambience Teesside steam ahead past their one year Ambience anniversary!
Ellen Ingleson takes over Ambience in Leeds!
We caught up with Laura and Hannah from Ambience Hertfordshire as they approach their two year Ambience anniversary!
Sandie Edgar launched Ambience Edinburgh in April 2008 and has recently signed her third term.
Tina swaps her career in visual merchandising for wedding venue styling!
Emma and Adam launch Ambience in Teesside. They joined Ambience as stylists in early July 2017.
Donna Wojtas is the proud owner of Ambience Venue Styling Bradford and Halifax. Donna joined Ambience as a stylist in October 2014.
Hana came from working in retail for over 13 years and she joined Ambience as a stylist in January 2016.
Hannah and Laura are proud owners of Ambience Venue Styling Hertfordshire. The sister team joined Ambience as stylists in October 2016.
Lenka Lockley and her husband Mark Lockley own the Ambience Venue Styling franchise in Derbyshire.
Laura Clark tells us that she started her Ambience Venue Styling business to have a more flexible work life balance.
Starting a business can be very daunting, to know that we were joining a well-established national network made our decision a lot easier. Now, we can be our own boss and know that all the work we put in is going to benefit ourselves. Nothing is ever too silly and there will always be someone who knows the answer or who can help - both Head Office and Stylists. It’s like a little Ambience family.Emma Pearson & Adam Richmond - Teesside Franchisees
I knew joining a franchise would give me the support I needed to start my own business, as Ambience was well established and had many stylists; it gave me the confidence to join. Once I decided to join, I had a long list to work through for setting up my business. It was all the basics that needed to be in place before my area/region went live. I’m so glad it was done before I started!Tina Smith - Suffolk Franchisee
Joining Ambience has allowed my husband and I the change in lifestyle we were searching for. Back in 2008 I was ready for a fresh challenge and my husband, Gareth, was disillusioned with his current employment. Each of us brings something different to the business which has enabled us to compensate for each other’s weaknesses whilst exploiting the other’s strengths.Sandie Edgar - Edinburgh Franchisee
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